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Theft Lawyer - Shoplifting Attorney

A theft conviction will have serious implications on your life.  A jail or prison sentence, loss of job, and narrowed employment opportunities are just a few of the consequences that you are facing.

If you have been charged with or are under investigation for theft or shoplifting, contact an experienced theft attorney for answers to your questions and a realistic opinion as to your defense.

The State of Ohio defines theft as:

(A) No person, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, shall knowingly obtain or exert control over either the property or services in any of the following ways:

(1) Without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;

Beyond the scope of the express or implied consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent;

By deception;

By threat;

By intimidation.

(Ohio Revised Code §2913.02)

Is my theft a misdemeanor or felony?  What is grand theft?

Theft is a first degree misdemeanor if the value of the property or services is under $1,000.00.

If the value of the property or services is $1,000.00 to $7,499.99, the theft is a fifth degree felony.

For property or services valued from $7,500.00 to $149,999.99, theft is a fourth degree felony.

Theft is a third degree felony if the value of property or services is from $150,000 to $749,999.99.  (Aggravated Theft)

If the property or services is valued from $750,000 to 1,499,999.99, it is a felony of the second degree. (Aggravated Theft)

For property or services valued at 1.5 million or more, theft is a first degree felony. (Aggravated Theft)

There are numerous specifications or aggravating factors that will increase the felony level of a theft charge.  These include:

If the victim is elderly or a disabled adult;

If the stolen property is a firearm or dangerous ordinance, motor vehicle, dangerous drug, police dog, police horse, assistance dog, rented property, or anhydrous ammonia.

Additionally, if you are convicted of stealing fuel from a gas station, you are facing a license suspension.

Contact the shoplifting & theft lawyers at Stiefvater Law, LLC before you speak to the police or walk into a courtroom.